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29 May, 2019 - 11:57 By Kate Sweeney

Radleys invests £1.2m in new glassblowing facility

Radleys

Radleys, which specialises in innovative chemistry equipment and laboratory tools, has expanded its Saffron Walden head office and invested over £1.2 million into a new glassblowing manufacturing facility. 

Radleys has seen its glassblowing team grow by more than 30 per cent over the last three years, alongside overall business turnover growing by a similar percentage. Much of this growth has come from international sales, where the demand for Radleys glassware has been particularly strong.

Radleys’ new state of the art facility is based in its existing location and has three departments; production, purchasing and stores/shipping in one building. 

Having all the departments in one location will improve operational efficiency and communication. With innovation at the forefront of the successful company, the new building and additional space also allows Radleys to install fresh semi-automated equipment as it starts to invest in new automation and technologies.

Managing director Mark Radley said: “We’re all really proud of the new facility, and have invested in the future of the business. Eight expert glassblowers, with over 200 years of combined experience manufacturing all types of standard and specialised custom glassware will now have state-of-the-art facilities and the best quality equipment to do the best job they can. 

“In an environment where the pool of skilled glassblowers is shrinking, we will continue to invest in training, infrastructure and equipment to protect our future.”

The recent launch of the new glassblowing facility was attended by 150 people including suppliers, friends and local businesses. 

Radleys has been manufacturing scientific glassware and laboratory instruments for over 50 years and customers include leading blue-chip industrial and academic research facilities around the world.

The company has distributors in 48 countries; areas of expertise are focused on equipment for chemical synthesis, process development, work-up and evaporation.

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